Schmidt voted Ramona boys soccer team’s MVP
By Joe Naiman
The post-season banquet for Ramona High School’s boys soccer team took place March 16 at the Ramona Community Center with activities including the presentation of awards.
The varsity players voted Morgen Schmidt as the team’s Most Valuable Player while selecting Alex Medina as the Offensive Player of the Year and Kiko Valencia as the Defensive Player of the Year. The Bulldogs’ coaching staff selected Ricky Rodriguez to receive the Coaches’ Award.
Schmidt, a senior midfielder, led the Bulldogs with 14 assists while scoring 11 goals.
“Morgen just had an amazing year, did a lot of the small things,” said varsity head coach Michael Jordan.
Jordan noted that Schmidt’s ball-work allowed many of his teammates to score goals.
“He set them up with such sweet passes,” Jordan said.
Schmidt scored Ramona’s only goal in the Bulldogs’ 1-1 tie against Orange Glen to close out the regular season, and Ramona’s only goal in the team’s 2-1 loss to La Costa Canyon in the CIF quarterfinals. He also scored the first goal in Ramona’s 3-1 victory over Olympian to win the Grossmont Tournament.
“In some of the games he just took over and led us to a victory,” Jordan said.
Medina, a sophomore striker, was Ramona’s leading scorer with 22 goals and seven assists.
“What an incredible striker. Incredible attitude, incredible work ethic, incredible skill,” Jordan said. “He knows where the goal is, he’s got such quick speed, he’s got an incredible shot.”
Valencia is a senior.
“He was made to play the sweeper position,” Jordan said. “There’s so much pressure on you and you have to be one of the quickest, smartest, strongest players on the field and he filled that role great.”
Rodriguez, a senior, played both midfield and forward.
“In the minutes he had on the field he had a positive impact,” Jordan said. “All the boys absolutely love him and think very highly of him.”
One junior varsity award was presented at the banquet: sophomore defender Ethan Hatch took home the Coaches’ Award.
The banquet took place three weeks after the Feb.23 playoff loss to La Costa Canyon which went on to win the championship.
“If you’re going to lose you want to lose to the best team,” Jordan said.
He said the loss was disappointing but the season itself was generally successful.
“I can kind of focus on the positive things,” he said.
Ramona finished the season with a 20-3-3 record, including an 8-1-1 Valley League record, worth second place in the standings. The final post-season rankings assessed Ramona as the sixth-best team in San Diego County.
“That’s pretty impressive,” Jordan said.
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